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Letter: Take Highway 82 bypass issue out of City Council’s hands

The citizens of Glenwood Springs, if they want a Highway 82 bypass, need to get off the couch, circulate a petition to vote on the issue and then stir up the voters to get out and vote. Please take the issue out of the hands of the City Council.

A few days ago I measured the length of Highway 82 through Snowmass Canyon. This portion of the highway is fully divided and partially elevated between the Roaring Fork River and the hillside on the west. It is about five miles in length. If the Colorado Department of Transportation has been able to afford this sort of solution in a relatively uninhabited portion of Pitkin County, then surely it can afford the same sort of solution to bypass the city of Glenwood Springs. An elevated highway along the lower slopes of Lookout Mountain from Buffalo Valley to I-70, or a tunnel from just south of Walmart to I-70, are both entirely feasible.

It is time to call a halt to all planning for the building of an unnecessary new Highway 82 bridge over the Colorado River as proposed by the Colorado Department of Transportation. The money may have been allocated and authorized, but that does not mean that it should be spent on this foolhardy scheme. There is an old Turkish proverb which states, “No matter how far you have gone down a wrong road, turn back.”

James Breasted


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